Venice City Pass | St. Mark’s Square with the Basilica di San Marco and the Campanile, the Doge’s Palace with its Bridge of Sighs, the quaint Cannaregio district, the Lido di Venezia, the enchanting islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, as well as the unique classical Venetian churches, this is how the city traveller imagines his trip to Venice. In addition, perhaps a romantic hotel in the centre of the lagoon city and a comfortable journey to and from the airport. Saving costs in Venice is not easy but by buying a discount card you can still save you a lot of money.
✓ This is especially possible with the Venice City Pass, which includes the cost of the most important and beautiful sights of Venice and the spectacular transport with the typical water buses.
Venice City Pass – Doge’s Palace and public transport
Here is a short summary of the highlights of the Venice City Pass depending on the equipment:
- Doge’s Palace + Museums Piazza San Marco
- Grand Canal Tour
- Leonardo da Vinci Museum
- Scala Contarini del Bovolo
How much is the Venice City Pass?
|Venice City Pass||Duration||Price*||Pass|
|Venice City Pass||Starter||74,90 €||Book Pass Online|
|City Pass + |
optional public transport
|24 hours||+26,00 €||Book Pass Online|
|48 hours||+35,00 €|
|72 hours||+45,00 €|
|168 hours||+65,00 €|
There are corresponding discounts for young people and children, which can also be found on the provider’s website. Children from 0-5 years pay nothing.
Buy Venice City Pass online
The easiest and safest way to purchase the Venice Pass is directly from the provider listed above. You will receive a voucher by e-mail, which you must print out accordingly. Everything you need to know about this can be found on the pass provider’s page in Use & Validity.
What is included in the price?
|Doge's Palace +|
St Mark's Museums
|32,50 €||Book Online|
|Chorus Pass||13,50 €||Book Online|
|Grand Canal Tour or|
|30,00 €||Book Online|
|Public transport -|
24H, 48H, 72H, 168H
|30,00 € / 40,00 €|
50,00 € / 70,00 €
Where can the voucher be exchanged?
The pass can be used within 12 months of purchase. Once the first day of use has been registered, the Venice City Pass only remains valid for the following days without interruption. This applies for a total period of 7 days. So enough time to take advantage of all the benefits of the discount card in any order and at your leisure. Unfortunately, the Venice City Pass may not be transferred to third parties. All important information and much more can be found on the booking page of the provider.
Is the Venice City Pass worth it?
There are of course many answers here, depending on your interests. Those who come for the first time to Venice will surely visit the Piazza San Marco with its museums, the St Mark’s Cathedral and the Doge’s Palace. During a walk through the alleyways of the city and over the numerous canal bridges, the many wonderful churches also belong to the must-see. The entrance to the churches worth seeing is rarely free in Venice.
The many water buses are of course not only the typical means of transport in Venice, but also ideal for sightseeing. An island tour to the picturesque islands of the lagoon should not be missed during a stay of several days.
Here is an example for 3 nights, Venice City Pass with use of local transport for 48 hours from the first validation.
|Attraction||VCP / 48H||Pass||Ticket|
|Doge's Palace |
|included||Book Online||32,50 €|
|Chorus Pass||included||Book Online||13,50 €|
|Leonardo da Vinci|
|included||Book Online||8,00 €|
|included||Book Online||9,00 €|
|Grand Canal Tour||included||Book Online||30,00 €|
with booked option
|included||Book Online||40,00 €|
|Total Price||114,90 €||133,00 €|
The only thing missing for a successful stay in Venice is the appropriate hotel booking, the right parking space or the right airport transfer. Everything you need to know about food and drink can be found in the tips & information on culinary delights in Venice.
More information about the Venice City Pass
Of the two most important sights of Venice, St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Doge’s Palace, the visit to the Basilica di San Marco is free. Venice without the visit of the Doge’s Palace is hardly imaginable.
In this concern, there is extensive information especially in my two articles Doge’s Palace Visit and Doge’s Palace opening times.
The visits to the museums at the Piazza San Marco that are also included in the price concern the following exhibitions:
► Museo Correr – The Municipal Museum of Venice. It is located directly on St. Mark’s Square in the Napoleonic wing of the Procurators Office, the medieval Venetian building authority. The Museum Correr houses a huge collection of books, prints, city maps, paintings and other valuable artefacts, all relating to the history of Venice. From here, one also has a fantastic view of the Piazza San Marco. Those who have some time should, in any case, have a look at it!
► National Museum of Archaeology – This museum is one of the oldest in Venice. Opened in the 16th century, today it mainly exhibits ancient and Roman sculptures. Also worth seeing are bronze statues, ceramics and a considerable number of precious stones and coins.
► Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana – Also known as the Library of St. Mark’s is one of the largest libraries in Italy and Europe and has the most important collections of Greek, Latin and Oriental manuscripts. Jacopo Sansovino was the name of the Florence-born architect of this monumental Renaissance building. Worth seeing alone is the splendidly furnished building with its high-quality furnishings, both inside and out. Works by famous Venetian artists decorate the walls and ceilings.
The opening times of the Museum Correr and the National Archaeological Museum are from November to March from 10:30 to 17:00 and from April to October from 10:00 to 19:00 every day. Closed 25 December and 1 January. The Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana is open daily from 8:20 – 17:00, Saturdays from 8:20 – 13:30, closed on Sundays and holidays. Additional information in Doge’s Palace opening times.
The ticket for public and local transport, depending on the option booked, 24, 48 or 72 hours, means unlimited use of the so-called Vaporetti, the water buses in Venice, Lido and the lagoon islands. Travel on city buses in Mestre, Marghera and on the mainland is also included.
With the Chorus Pass, you will discover the most beautiful churches of Venice. Especially the interior of these wonderful churches is already a sufficient reason to visit the lagoon city. Unfortunately, the entrance is often not for free. The Chorus Pass includes free entry to the following 16 churches worth seeing:
Santa Maria del Giglio / San Stae / Santo Stefano / Sant’Alvise / Santa Maria Formosa / San Pietro di Castello / Santa Maria dei Miracoli / Santissimo Redentore / S.Giovanni Elemosinario / Santa Maria del Rosario / San Polo / San Sebastiano / Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari / San Giacomo dall’Orio / San Giobbe / San Giuseppe
Already by visiting 3 or 4 churches, the Chorus Pass that is included in the price of the Venice City Pass is already worthwhile.
Advantages and disadvantages of the Venice City Pass
- Doge’s Palace included
- Romantic airport transfer on the water
- Local public transport unlimited
- Simple handling
- Few free offers
Venice remains also here an expensive experience. But if one already has all the important tickets in one’s hand during the arrival, one can straight after the arrival start to walk in the biggest and most beautiful open-air museum in the world. Especially suitable for travellers who visit Venice for the first time.
*All prices mentioned in the article are subject to change. It always counts the current offer of the supplier.